Joy Kuppinger, 16, Joseph, was flown to Spokane following a one-vehicle accident on icy Highway 82 near Joseph Tuesday morning. Kuppinger was listed in critical condition at Deaconness Medical Center as of press time Tuesday.

"We don't know exactly what happened because there no witnesses we know of," said Oregon State Police trooper Seth Coony.

He said Kuppinger was apparently driving toward Joseph in a 1983 Toyota pickup about 11:30 a.m. and slide across the opposite traffic lane off the highway, striking several fence posts and coming to rest in a pasture.

"She sustained serious injuries and has been LifeFlighted to Spokane," reported Cooney about the accident.

Kuppinger was first transported by ambulance to Wallowa Memorial Hospital Brett Witty of the Oregon Department of Transportation came upon the accident "almost immediately" after it occurred, and reported it via radio in his ODOT vehicle.

Kuppinger, a junior at Joseph High School, is the daughter of Tad and Denise Kuppinger. They lost a teen-aged son, Rohs, in a traffic accident near Joseph in the spring of 2001.

Joy Kuppinger was named as a member of the 2003 Chief Joseph Days Court in September and is active in FFA and 4-H.

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